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Latino Daily News

Monday January 17, 2011

Smoking Ban Trend Now Hits Perú

The Latin American nation of Peru has banned smoking in all public buildings and in the workplace.

President Alan García signed an official order that modifies eight regulations of the current laws on tobacco, including more severe punishment for offenders.  Selling tobacco to the underage population could result in the cancellation of the seller’s commercial license, or the closure of the establishment.

Offenders who are caught smoking in the work place, could be fired, or be asked to pay a severe fine.

Areas to be regarded as part of the workplace, include cafeterias, hallways, staircases, elevators and work vehicles.

Posters must be displayed on public buildings, reminding patrons that “smoking in public places is forbidden.”